36 posts tagged Strain Reviews
Chocolope Kush is a cross of Chocolope, popular for its euphoric sativa effect and dessertlike flavor, and Kosher Kush, a heavy indica known for its powerful medicinal qualities. The result is a perfectly balanced hybrid, offering a deeply soothing Kush stone that does not overpower the uplifting sativa high.
The aroma is complex and dankly evocative, with sweet scents of grass, earth, mint, chocolate, and pine layered over spice, musk, and fuel. The taste is mild and smooth, subtly earthy, sweet, and somewhat spicy, with chocolate undertones in the exhalation.
The effect slinks up suddenly, with a strong cerebral rush that expands and distorts perception, inspiring a blithely wandering mind inclined to forget and lose track of time. Physically, it’s fairly sedative, relieving pain, tension, stress, and anxiety with a swishy, flowing, gliding sensation.
Candy Jack is a sativa-dominant hybrid of the iconic Jack Herer, possibly crossed with Cotton Candy. The aroma is sweet and slightly skunky with strong notes of menthol and overripe fruit, and the flavor lives up to the name: sweet, smooth, floral, and a bit fruity with hints of cotton candy and pine.
The effect is uplifting, cheery, and alert, but not energetic. It’s tranquil, carefree, and hazy, and would be an ideal choice for creative activities, watching a movie, or listening to music. It’s potent and heady with a quick mental rush followed by a noticeable crash. This strain could help with anxiety or depression and may also enhance focus.
Raindrop Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid descended from OG Kush x Hash Plant and Bubba Kush x Mr. Nice Guy crosses. Neither too dense nor too fluffy, this flower breaks up and burns well. The powerful spearmint aroma is enticing, with floral, herbal, and pine notes. The flavor is clean and clear, predominantly floral but with some earthiness and a hint of campfire.
The effect feels physically and mentally restorative as it glides up smoothly after smoking or vaporizing, subtly evaporating stress and pain. It’s mentally uplifting and energizing, faintly psychedelic, fairly clear-headed but slightly loopy. Raindrop Kush melts away tension and imparts a sense of calm serenity, and would be ideal for sedentary activities that require some cerebral focus.
After reading about about Cornerstone Research Collective in Heart of Dankness, I knew I had to check out this invitation-only LA dispensary’s “rare and unique strains of connoisseur-quality cannabis.” Mark Haskell Smith was kind enough to vouch for me, and the strains I sampled did not disappoint in the slightest.
Nevil’s Haze is an absolutely superb sativa-dominant hybrid with a powerful and immediate cerebral effect that is somehow hazy, clear, relaxing, profound, and uplifting, all at once. It’s mellow, mood-enhancing, and incredibly focused. I loved everything about this truly magnificent strain.
Dos Genios is an indica-dominant hybrid of Blackberry Kush, Platinum Kush, and Pure Kush. Perfect for pain relief without sedation, the effect is physically soothing with some head heaviness that is pleasantly calming without being sleepy or foggy.
Kilimanjaro is a pure sativa with a stimulating, euphoric effect. I was a bit wary of this strain because it tests high in limonene, and pure sativas that are high in THC and limonene tend to give me an uncomfortably speedy sensation. But I didn’t have that issue with Kilimanjaro. Instead, I felt energized and sociable with no anxiety or paranoia whatsoever. It’s alert, upbeat, and mentally distorting, but not particularly disorienting.
All three strains were remarkably potent, functional, nuanced, and smooth. I’m definitely looking forward to revisiting Cornerstone the next time I’m in Los Angeles.
Double Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid of Blue Dream and Dream Star. Blue Dream is one of my favorite strains because it has such a nice blend of effects: soothing, mood-enhancing, physically relaxing, and functional. The influence of Dream Star (itself a hybrid of Blue Dream and Star Dawg, which is a descendent of Chemdawg) adds another layer of potency and complexity, tempering Blue Dream’s floaty clarity with some mellow stoniness. Double Dream has the familiar sweet, floral, berry flavor with a hint of soap that I always get from Blue Dream, but there is some spice and mango in there as well. I didn’t think Blue Dream needed improving, but Double Dream has easily surpassed it as a new favorite.
This Grapefruit Kush has the most tantalizingly intense grapefruit aroma, and that tangy citrus also comes through in the flavor, which has creamy and hashy notes as well. It feels heavy and relaxing with a soothing cerebral effect that’s clear, calm, and thoughtful.
We love the taste of GDP Cheese because the Grand Daddy Purple sweetens the slightly funky flavor typical of Cheese. This indica-dominant hybrid is relaxing and mellow, allowing you to stay active if necessary or get an excellent night’s sleep.
Champagne, a sativa-dominant hybrid, is easily one of my favorite strains that I’ve tried so far. I’m not a big drinker but I do love champagne, since it always seems to make me feel happy and festive. So it’s possible that I’m unduly influenced by the name. But like a glass of bubbly, this strain is classy, fun, and intoxicating.
The aroma is mild and fresh with a hint of mint, and the flavor is smooth, sweet, and lightly floral. The hazy, euphoric effect hits fast and hard. Before you know it, you find yourself deep in a cloud of contentment. This is a strong sativa, and while two or three puffs deliver a mentally stimulating, creative, meditative high, more than that can be unexpectedly incapacitating. Champagne seems particularly good for relieving headaches or depression, but it’s probably not the best choice if you need to be serious or productive.
Jamaican Lion, a sativa with a light, ripe, grassy scent and taste, is the first CBD-rich strain that I have tried, with a concentration of 9% CBD and 6% THC. (The medical cannabis community has created a recent demand for CBD-rich strains, which are supposed to be more effective at treating inflammation, pain, anxiety, or spasms with little to no euphoric high or lethargic stoned sensation.)
Jamaican Lion offers a unique combination of clarity and relaxation. Pain and anxiety melt away, leaving me comfortably mellow. It’s calming and uplifting, and it seems to subtly enhance perception, focus, and creativity. I think most experienced cannabis users could probably smoke joint after joint of this strain all day long without impairing their ability to function mentally or physically.
I thought I might find a strain with a low concentration of THC boring or disappointing, but Jamaican Lion proved a thoroughly enticing introduction to CBD-rich cannabis.
Blue Dream has a uniquely pleasant balance of sativa and indica effects and a sweet, mild flavor. The aroma is fresh, floral, and ripe, and the smoke tastes like berries and flowers with hints of spice and soap.
The high comes on gently and gradually but soon becomes euphoric. It’s a long-lasting, functional high that relieves pain and anxiety. Blue Dream feels comfortable and serene, relaxing and uplifting, like floating on a cloud or in a bubble. It seems to hover on the cusp between sleepy and energetic, between foggy and clear. It’s easy to understand why this smooth, sweet, soothing strain is a favorite of so many.
Regardless of Romulan’s true genetics, you can expect it to thoroughly obliterate you, physically and mentally. It delivers an extremely heavy body stone and a powerfully distorting mental effect. “Couch lock” is hyperbole, yet feels like an understatement when describing Romulan. This high is as forcefully relaxing as a deep tissue massage or a hot tub. Romulan’s mellow, sedative effect is perfect for relieving pain, muscle soreness, or tension, but it is decidedly not mentally or emotionally uplifting.
The buds have an enticingly pungent piney scent that sticks to your fingers, and the taste is earthy, spicy, and fairly harsh.
Lemon Diesel is a potent sativa dominant strain with a pungent flavor. The aroma is a blend of pine and diesel fuel, and there’s an intense lemon taste that is neither sweet nor sour, but more like a harsh, artificially lemon-scented soap. Despite this, it burns so cleanly and lightly that it isn’t at all unpleasant to smoke.
The effect is energizing and uplifting. It hits you like a caffeine buzz, then settles into a friendly, functional high that is likely to make you feel giggly, talkative, and hungry. It’s mentally clear, but with a physically numbing sensation that’s good for pain. Lemon Diesel is less debilitating than most strains of comparable potency, but it can distort your perceptions and may cause paranoia. But in moderation, it gives a nice, mood-enhancing boost that could be ideal for physical, intellectual, or social activities.